Advent – Christmas Celebrations 2021
Maranatha YYC recognizes that for many this Advent – Christmas Season is a time of family and faith comingling with gatherings of food and fellowship. In the midst of this ongoing pandemic world we desire to maintain the presence of Christ in all we are and in all we do. As such we will continue to offer opportunities to engage – each other within our faith community, each other within the world around us as well as the God who dwells within His creation.
Maranatha YYC has created opportunities for people to journey in the Advent season with a wreath and candle for families at home to join in the Sunday worship Candle lighting. Contact the church office to arrange a time to pick one up OR have it delivered to you!
Maranatha YYC encourages individuals and families to spend time engaging God through daily Advent devotions
Family Devotions – pdf
Individual Devotions – pdf
Maranatha YYC supports local the Bowness Community Dinner with Christmas hampers that are created for families of need. Individuals are encouraged to purchase items of clothing, hygiene etc. that will be sorted and provided to families later in December.
Maranatha YYC supports the local Montgomery – Bowness area through the contribution of winter gear (scarves, hats, mittens etc.) that are placed outside the church in the Lil Pantry box. Contributions can be given under the Christmas Tree in the front foyer or to the church office (call to arrange a time).
Each Sunday morning at 10:00 Maranatha YYC continues to worship God – both in church and online (see below for more particulars). We will be adding special services for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – again following the protocols and guidelines for worship.
Updated Covid 19 Response – November 2021
Earlier this fall changes in Covid 19 – the Delta variant amongst others – have forced adjustments to the Covid 19 protocols and guidelines for Alberta and Calgary resulting in some additional changes to worshipping at Maranatha YYC. The current protocols continue of having all those attending our worship services or participating in ministry activities within the facility required to wear masks. In addition the limitation on attendance for Sunday morning worship and other gatherings in our facility is 30% of the maximum firecode permissions.
The limitations still allow a significant number of our church family to attend and participate on our Sunday worship services – however, in order to best process this participation we ask you to register for each service. Click here to register > Registration Login
Maranatha YYC worship services remains accessible with any entrance available for use, permission to sing (with masks) and we continue to encourage all those who enter the facility to utilize the hand sanitizing stations.
Some ministry activities will be paused while leadership discusses how best to live out our faith in a prudent manner in a protocol world. (keep looking for further updates).
Maranatha YYC recognizes that there have been many hardships and blessings in the pandemic ‘normal’ and as we continue to pivot into what lies ahead for us we will continue to livestream our worship services allowing options for people to participate in whatever means they feel comfortable. The leadership of Maranatha YYC encourages everyone to continue to utilize our digital avenues of worship to God and work for God.
We celebrate the truth that social distancing is not spiritual distancing and that Maranatha YYC is not just a building but an organization of God’s people. We remain determined that while not all may be able to gather at the church, we will continue to still gather as a church. As such we remain committed – through inperson and through online means – to engage in our ministry focuses of:
- worshipping God
- being discipled into God’s people
- fellowshipping as God’s people
- serving the many needs of God’s world as God’s people through stewardly living and giving.
We remain available through our membership, our leadership and our staff to serve if and when and how we can. Feel free to contact us and see where we can be the hands and feet of Jesus for you.